Instead of contributing to the sugarfest known as Halloween, surprise the neighborhood kids with some fun and healthy alternatives to candy. Here are our top picks for non-candy treats to hand out on Halloween.
Twisted fruit ropes
Skip the licorice whips and fill your trick or treat bowl with a healthier treat like these Zfruit ropes from Clif Kid ($14 for 18).
Kids love slurping applesauce out of a pouch, so this will be a healthy treat they’ll love to eat. ($33 for 48)
Mini healthy bars are the perfect bite-size treat. Some of our favorites are these Mini Lara Bars that come in an assortment of flavors including Cherry Cashew, Cookie and Apple Pie. You might want to order a few extra boxes for post-Halloween snacking ($10 for 12).
Mini water bottles
Little witches and goblins get thirsty while trick or treating! Give them a little Halloween hydration with mini bottles of water ($18 for 24).
Cute citrus like clementines, mandarin oranges or tangerines are always a sweet treat. If your kids like Halloween crafts, give them some pens to draw little jack-o-lantern faces on the fruit before handing out.
Remember how fun wax lips were when we were kids? Treat the neighborhood kids to an update on the classic — wax mustaches ($23 for 24)!
Treats that glow, flash or light up are always great choices. We love these mini flashlights on a rope ($7 for 12) from Oriental Trading company.
Give each trick-or-treater one or two sticks of sidewalk chalk for driveway hopscotch, four square or sidewalk doodling ($5 for 100 pieces).
If your kids like to paint, have them round up a bunch of rocks and cover a section of the driveway with newspaper. Have them paint different faces on the rocks and display them in a tray on Halloween night for trick-or-treaters to choose their favorite.
Instead of candy, drop a few bean-shaped crayons in their bags. These non-toxic Crayon Rocks are made in America from natural soy wax and are ergonomically shaped for small fingers ($25 for a box of 64 crayons).
The selection of bandages today is nothing short of brilliant. Abraham Lincoln, enchanted unicorns, bacon, pirates and pickles are just a few choices. Surprise trick-or-treaters with a couple of crazy band-aids for a creative alternative to sweets ($4 for a box of 20 bandages).